Third Sunday of Pascha
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,
Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Visitors, we warmly welcome you to all services of the church.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Do not help the Devil to spread his kingdom. Hallow the name of your Heavenly Father by your actions; Help Him to spread His Kingdom on earth with love. ‘For we are laborers together with God.’ — St. John of Kronstadt
Food for Hungry People Campaign: We have extended the giving window until this Sunday. and are currently planning to send a check for $1,040 to Food for Hungry People this week. If you have not yet made your contribution, please do so online or in the tray at church. This is specifically for the FFHP campaign.
We welcome contributions to our local benevolence fund all year round.
Saying Goodbye: We will have a pitch-in meal at Coffee Hour today as we say goodbye to two of our own. Caleb (John) Lewis, who has been a faithful chanter and member here at All Saints has accepted a job at an Orthodox church in California. Brian (Nectarios) Curl, also a faithful and beloved member of All Saints, is headed for 2+ years in the Peace Corps in Moldova! Today is the last Sunday for both men. A card shower is one good way to say good-bye.
Graduating high school seniors, please let us know who you are so we can plan something for you as the school year draws to a close.
Myrrh Bearers will meet May 7th instead of the meeting scheduled for today.
Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.
Brief Parish Council Meeting today.
Wednesday, May 3: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, May 4: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, May 6: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, May7: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Rescheduled Myrrh Bearers Meeting
Birthday Greetings: Ephrem A (30th); Kelly S (4th)
Name Day Blessings: Irene V-W (Great Martyr Irene – 5th)
Memory Eternal: Danny; Albert (Alex John) A – 4th); Met. Elias; Lavonne (Martin’s Grandmother)
…April Blair is organizing meals for the Pierce family after the birth of their son
…Expansion of the building and parking areas to begin soon.
…May 13: 40-Day Memorial for Alex Alexander at 4:30
…May 24: Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Ascension
Prayer List: John Craton’s friend Matthew and family; Hal; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: ” The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: ” The Lord has chastened me severely.” Psalm 117:14,18
Epistle: The Reading from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles. (6:1-7)
In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the Twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Divine Liturgy Variables
Order at the Beginning of the service
Priest alone: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!
People: Repeat twice.
The Entrance Hymn of Pascha
In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2
When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.
Apolytikion of Joseph of Arimathea – Tone 2
The pious Joseph, having brought down Thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But Thou didst verily rise after three days, O Lord, granting the world Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – Tone 2
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, the ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye: The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the pow’r of Death. In Victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women: Granting peace to Thine Apostles, and bestowing Resurrection on the fallen.
Megalynarion forPascha – Tone 1
“The Angel Cried…”
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye of the Immortal Fountain.
Order of the Great Dismissal
Priest alone: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death…
People: … and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!